Has your life insurer asked you to have a medical exam? Being checked out by a doctor is a common prerequisite to buying a policy, and how you do on the exam can impact your rates dramatically. Your insurer will place you in one of four categories, depending on your medical exam results: Standard, select, preferred, or the coveted preferred plus designation. Each step up the ladder of perceived health can save you 20 percent on your monthly premium, so you should take the exam seriously and prepare yourself well.
The typical insurance health exam will include measuring your blood pressure, glucose levels, and BMI. If you’re more than 55 years old, you might need to take an EKG as well. How can you prepare for this exam? Avoid caffeine and other stimulants that might increase your heart rate. Women who have borderline BMI ratings might do well to schedule the exam during the pre-ovulation half of their menstrual cycle when they’re less likely to be bloated. If you’re a tobacco user, the sooner you quit the better — smokers are not eligible at all for the lowest rate category.
Would you like to learn more about the life insurance medical exam and how it affects your quote? The experts at HealthIQ.com have put together a handy quiz to help you quickly assess your understanding and fill in any gaps in your knowledge. Give it a try if you’re preparing to buy life insurance and think you might be facing a medical exam.
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Health IQ’s mission is to improve the health of the world by celebrating the health conscious through financial rewards. Health IQ delivers better rates and underwriting, and was recently featured in sites such as CNBC, Venturebeat, and TechCrunch. and partners with top-rated insurance carriers such as SBLI, Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. and AssurityLife Insurance Company, and reinsurer partner Swiss Re to offer health conscious people between 4 and 33 percent lower rates on life insurance. Founded in 2013 by a team of health conscious entrepreneurs, the company is a licensed life insurance company in all 50 states and has helped tens of thousands of individuals secure a total of $5.3 billion in insurance coverage.